A two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 Thursday afternoon resulted in serious injuries. The collision took place near mile marker 77, four miles north of Dickinson.
Shortly after noon, during a typically busier time on the highway with people commuting to and from work during their lunch breaks Ryan Nicklay, 39, of Fargo, N.D., was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado southbound when he collided with Luella Larsen, 66, of Highland Beach, FL in her 2015 Audi Q5 SUV. Larsen was traveling northbound when Nicklay’s vehicle suddenly took a heavy turn and swerved, crossing the center line and instantly striking the 2015 Audi head-on.
The 2016 Chevrolet driven by Nicklay came to a halt in the center divider area facing eastbound while the 2015 Audi rested within the center divider on the northbound lane.
While it is currently unknown how fast the vehicles were traveling, the speed limit at the location of the collision is 75 mph but it is believed that the drivers were operating above that at the time. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision and both vehicles' airbags deployed, preventing more serious injuries.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol, Stark County Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson Rural Fire and Dickinson Ambulance each responded to the scene and all arrived shortly after the collision.
Nicklay was uninjured in the accident and did not need to be treated, however, Larsen sustained serious injuries from the collision and was immediately transported to CHI St. Alexius Dickinson Hospital for her injuries. Currently, the injuries and her condition are both unknown at this time.
As of Friday, August 7, charges have not been filed against either driver but the matter remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol and will be monitored by Dickinson Police Department and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.